Drought Information Statement
Issued by NWS Springfield, MO

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Drought Information Statement
National Weather Service Springfield MO
1100 AM CST Thu Jan 4 2018

...Extreme Drought Conditions Persist Over Portions of South Central
Missouri...

...Severe Drought Conditions Persist across much of South Central
and Portions of Central and Southwest Missouri...

AREAS AFFECTED...

Within the NWS Springfield Forecast Area, the U.S. Drought Monitor
continues to designate Extreme Drought(D3) over southeast
Ozark...southern Howell and southwest Oregon Counties in South
Central Missouri.

Surrounding the Extreme Drought area...all or portions of the
following counties remain classified as being in Severe Drought(D2)
...Stone...Christian...Taney...Douglas... Webster... Wright...
Texas...Howell...Oregon... Dent...Phelps and Shannon.

SYNOPSIS...

Drier than normal conditions have persisted since early Fall across
southern and central Missouri. Rainfall accumulations are currently
8 to 12 inches below normal for the past 90 days. Soil moisture was
6 to 8 inches below normal, according to the Climate Prediction
Center Soil Moisture Anomalies for the month of December.

SUMMARY OF IMPACTS...

The persistent drier than normal weather has resulted lower than
normal water storage in area ponds, and lower than normal Fall crop
yields. Reports provided to Agricultural Extension Specialists from
those with agricultural interests in the Severe and Extreme Drought
Areas include: 1)feeding of hay due to minimal fall grass growth, 2)
movement of cattle or hauling water because of low or empty ponds
and little to no flow in smaller creeks and springs, 3) culling of
herds, 4)failure of fall sown crops, 5) poor germination of annual
crops such as oats, wheat and turnips.

CLIMATE SUMMARY...

Within the severe and extreme drought area, West Plains had their
6th driest December, and Vichy-Rolla had their 7th driest December.

Temperatures across the entire region were above normal for the
month of December. However, temperature have been much below normal
since late December.

HYDROLOGIC SUMMARY...

Streamflows were below to much normal across the severe and extreme
drought area, according to USGS Streamflow Percentiles. Bryant Creek
near Tecumseh was at 4 percent of normal flow, Beaver Creek near
Bradleyville was at 4 percent of normal flow, the North Fork White
near Tecumseh was at 11 percent and and Bull Creek near Walnut Shade
were at 10 percent of normal flow.

PRECIPITATION/TEMPERATURE OUTLOOK...

Above normal chances for above normal precipitation are expected
across the drought areas through the next two weeks and through the
month of January.

Temperatures are trending toward average chance of below normal
temperatures through January.

SEASONAL DROUGHT OUTLOOK...

According to the Climate Prediction Center, drought conditions are
expecte to persist through early Spring, with some improvement, or
lessening of drought, expected over south central Missouri.

NEXT ISSUANCE DATE...

On or near Thursday, January 18th.

&&

RELATED WEB SITES...

LOCAL WEATHER, CLIMATE, AND WATER INFORMATION:
http://www.weather.gov/sgf

MIDWEST CLIMATE CENTER DROUGHT INFORMATION PAGE:
http://mcc.sws.uiuc.edu/cliwatch/drought/drought.jsp

MISSOURI STATE CLIMATOLOGIST:
http://climate.missouri.edu

MISSOURI DNR DROUGHT PAGE:
http://www.dnr.mo.gov/env/wrc/droughtupdate.htm

U.S. DROUGHT MONITOR: http://droughtmonitor.unl.edu/

U.S. DROUGHT PORTAL:
http://www.drought.gov

U.S. DROUGHT REPORTER:
http://droughtreporter.unl.edu/map

CLIMATE PREDICTION CENTER:
http://www.cpc.ncep.noaa.gov/

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS...

The U.S. Drought Monitor is a weekly collaborative effort between
a number of state and federal agencies including the National
Weather Service, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and the
National Drought Mitigation Center.

QUESTIONS OR COMMENTS...

If you have any questions or comments, please contact:

Gene Hatch
Climate Services Focal Point
National Weather Service Springfield MO
gene.hatch@noaa.gov

$$

Terry



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